North Texas Day of GivingIt is a simple charity benefit event of grand design. Participating is as easy as visiting a website, identifying charities you want to give, and making a donation from your Dallas office or AMLI apartment home.

North Texas Giving Day is a day for those of us who live comfortably to help those who are less fortunate. And it is coming up on September 18.

What is North Texas Giving Day?

In short, North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour event that supports more than 1,600 local charities throughout North Texas. The brainchild of Communities Foundation of Texas, the event was inaugurated just five years ago and has already raised more than $60 million for local organizations looking to raise the quality of life for those in the area who are less fortunate. Last year alone, more than $25 million in funds raised were collected by over 75,000 donors. This year, participating organizations and sponsors hope to raise even more. North Texas Giving Day is the largest single-day giving event in the nation.

Who Benefits from North Texas Giving Day?

Any qualifying nonprofit organization that registers to participate is eligible to receive funds on North Texas Giving Day. The beneficiaries are the nonprofits and the individuals whom they support. Since the funds raised during the event make a noticeable impact in the community, all of North Texas benefits in a way. Even donors benefit from the gifts they give. With more than 1,600 charities to choose from, you have the opportunity to donate to a cause that is dear to your heart. Many ongoing donor-nonprofit relationships are established on this day.

AMLI Residential, Jonathan’s Place, and North Texas Giving Day

Jonathan’s Place, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected newborns and youth up to 17 years of age, is AMLI Residential’s designated charity. In May 2013 dozens of AMLI fAMLI volunteers visited Jonathan’s Place to drop off loads of clothes, cleaning supplies, bicycles, and toys that residents and staff had donated. In June, more than 50 AMLI residents returned to drop off more donations and help out for the day. Looking to continue its relationship with this vital nonprofit organization, AMLI encourages affiliates and readers who have a soft spot for abandoned children and are looking for a new charity to support to give to Jonathan’s Place.

In addition to caring for children in emergency situations, Jonathan’s Place matches them with caring foster families. Donate $25 or more to Jonathan’s Place on North Texas Giving Day, and you will be entered into a contest to win a free iPod Nano. To qualify for the drawing, donate at JPKids.org/AMLI.

How Do I Donate?

To donate, simply visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org on September 18, 2014 between the hours of 6AM and midnight. Choose the charity or charities you want to support and enter your credit card details. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. There is no minimum or maximum gift size, but donations between $25 and $50,000 qualify to be matched by bonus funds. All donations are tax deductible.

Enjoy the Giving Mood at the North Texas Giving Day Lunch-Time Party

The genius of North Texas Giving Day is how little time and effort is required to make a difference. If you want to feel more involved, you are encouraged to attend a lunchtime event hosted by the Communities Foundation of Texas at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. The Lunch-Time Party, slated to take place from 11AM to 2PM, will feature popular food trucks, performances by nonprofit representatives, and volunteer activities for kids.

Giving feels good. And North Texas Giving Day makes it easy to support a cause you hold dear. If you want to enjoy the satisfaction of philanthropy, mark your calendar so you remember to participate on September 18, 2014. A tax-deductible donation of just $25 can make a quantifiable impact in the lives of others or the work a nonprofit seeks to do. Give a little bit. It can make you feel great. Live Life + Love Life for yourself and others.

Do you have a nonprofit of choice in the North Texas area? Share a bit about their work and what makes you so fond of them in the comments.

About Jason Ernst


Jason received degrees in International Studies, Economics, and German Literature from the University of Arizona in 2011, and has worked as a freelance writer ever since. His research and writing interests include interior decoration and design, home entertainment, history, art, architecture, and travel. He is currently a regular contributor to the AMLI Residential lifestyle blog. Circle Jason on Google+